Bhubaneswar: CPI(M) on Monday asked Orissa
government to talk to the people living in villages at the
proposed POSCO plant site instead of using force against them
and denounced police action to clear the road to the project.
"Please do not take any oppressive action against the
people agitating against the POSCO mega steel project," a
CPI(M) delegation told Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during a
The state government had never held talks with the people
agitating against the POSCO project and ``The use of force
cannot solve problems of either the government or the people,"
Denouncing police action at Balithuta to clear the road
of protestors, resisting acquisition of land, to the site near
Paradip on Saturday, they expressed displeasure over the heavy
deployment of police force there, CPI-M sources said.
The state party secretary Janardan Pati, who was among
the delegates along with senior leader Shivaji Patanik, said
the chief minister had assured them of starting the process of
dialogue with the anti-project protestors soon.
The CPI-M leaders also demanded the release of six of its
members who had been arrested in Sundargarh for being Maoists.
"How can CPI(M) cadre become Maoists when the ultras are
killing our people?" Pati asked and demanded deployment of
central para-military force in sensitive Maoist pockets of
Sundargarh, the sources said.